Barret Loux Granted Free Agency

Major League Baseball announced today that Arizona Diamondbacks’ first round pick Barret Loux has been granted free agency, after failing to sign with the Diamondbacks.  The Loux situation is a mess, as he was drafted by Arizona’s old general manager, Josh Byrnes, and wasn’t favored by the new management group after Byrnes was fired. To make matters worse, Loux failed a physical, and potentially will require Tommy...

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2010 Draft Recap: Changing a Franchise

The 2010 draft has concluded with the draft signing deadline passing at midnight last night.  Back when the Pittsburgh Pirates first drafted Allie, I wrote that this could be a draft that could change a franchise.  In that article, I wrote the following: The Pirates need to step up with the extra money to not only sign these two top pitching prospects, but to also sign a good amount of guys in the middle rounds, and maybe a few guys...

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More Draft Analysis

MORE PIRATES PROSPECTS DRAFT ANALYSIS Back to the 2010 Draft Recap JOHN This draft had the potential to be one of the best draft classes ever based solely on what happened with the second pick on day two of the draft. The Bucs really got lucky when Stetson Allie fell to them in the 2nd round. Adding him to Jameson Taillon gave them the two best HS arms in the draft, but their luck ran out the rest of the draft as all of the high...

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Wrapping Up the Deadline News

Some notes as they come in on Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, and the rest of the 2010 draft class.  All are via Twitter, and the source is Neil Huntington: -From Jennifer Langosch, the Pirates spent close to $12 M on the 2010 draft.  The current draft pick signing tracker shows $4,769,900, although that doesn’t include all bonuses.  Taillon’s bonus hasn’t been announced yet, which means he is probably around $6.5 M....

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Zach Weiss Going to UCLA

Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt just tweeted that Zach Weiss will be going to UCLA, meaning he won’t be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Weiss was the tenth round pick for the Pirates, and was the highest rated player the Pirates selected in the Baseball America pre-draft rankings, outside of Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie. Weiss lives just miles away from UCLA’s campus, and had a strong commitment to the...

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